Well-being and mental health
Family and Community Services are available by phone to connect you to support.
Monday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Effective June 27, 2020 Family and Community Services will no longer be open on the weekend.
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The Five Ways to Well-Being
Join in weekly challenges to boost your well-being an mental health. Well-being is when you feel good and enjoy your day to day life. By improving our well-being, we are better able to: engage with people and the world around us, have positive relationships, have a sense of purpose, and cope with challenges. There are five ways that can help boost our well-being through regular practice.
Challenge #1: CONNECT: Connect with someone you haven’t in a while.
Share how you did using #SCwellbeing and #strathco on social media
Mental health is important for everyone and affects how we feel, think, act and interact with the world around us. We all want to feel safe, seen, understood and connected.
Why is mental health important?
Mental health impacts your ability to enjoy life, your self-esteem, how you appreciate the ones around you, how you deal with life challenges (stress, distress) and your connections and sense of belonging with others and your community.
How can you support your mental health?
- Try activities to support your mental health (115.4 KB) . With so many unknowns and a lot of time spent at home in isolation, creating intentional time in your day for mental health is a must.
- Check out the Entertaining at Home (151.9 KB) guide for reminders and ideas of how to care for your family and yourself during this time your family is at home from school and work
- Tips to improve your mental well-being.
- Read mental health week articles on what mental health really is, and strategies for improving your mental health.
By building upon our strengths and skills within ourselves and creating meaningful connections with others, we build our resiliency. Resiliency is the ability to ‘bounce back’ after we experience hardships or stress.
Resiliency can be built through having supportive people to connect with, healthy relationships, and through self-care such as physical activity, proper sleep, making time for you and eating healthy, well balanced meals.
Did you know...?
- Positive mental health is essential to our overall well-being.
- Positive mental health is something we all deserve and need to continually work at.
- We all need a support system to lean on when life gets complicated.
- Building resiliency helps us cope with stress and overcome adversity.
Wellness ideas and resources
- A Place for families to share, learn, and find belonging: Strathcona County Parent Link Facebook page
Your place to go for current, reliable information based on today’s best knowledge, evidence and practices: Healthy Parents, Healthy Children website
Fun ideas and activities that can help reduce stress and provide opportunity for connection within your home: Activity Resource Booklet
- Ways to move your body, practice mindfulness, expand your mind and fuel your body: Building Resilient Families by Promoting Positive Mental and Physical Health
Guide and resources to support your mental health, self-care and building resiliency: The Working Mind: Self Care and Resiliency Guide by Mental Health Commission of Canada
Subscribe to receive ongoing, daily supportive text messages at no cost: Text4Hope
Dr. Nicholas Mitchell explains how to maintain important relationships during a time of self-isolation and social distancing: AHS Mental Health Moments
Advice from AHS Addiction and Mental Health Provincial Medical Director Dr. Nicholas Mitchell: Reducing Stress and Creating New Routines Podcast
A toolkit for use by mental health staff, school administrators, and health practitioners to support the promotion of mental health in initiatives: AHS Ways to Wellness Toolkit
A Foundation dedicated to building better mental health and mental health care for people in Alberta: The Mental Health Foundation
A variety of interactive telephone-based social and health programming, free of charge. Provides opportunities for seniors to socialize, learn new skills and stay connected. New series of participant-selected topics every four months: Without Walls
Mental Health Activities to do While Physical Distancing from the Canadian Coalition for Seniors': Things to do While Physical-Distancing
Sage has compiled resources for the general public or other organizations to use for their information. SAGE Seniors Association
Free online Jigsaw Puzzles: Jigsaw Explorer
Seniors Week Information 2020: Seniors Information
- Access the library and all of its resources online: Strathcona County Library
Learn any language with fun, interactive lessons: Duolingo
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